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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 3:45pm - 4:40pm
Interdisciplinary Psychology: Animal, Vegetable, and the Human Brain

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What do you think psychologists do in their research labs? How did we find internships in such labs? What did we take away from these opportunities? Each panelist will introduce you to a stunning example of student internship experiences exploring the psychology of animals, vegetables, and the human brain. Our collective experience comes from three labs focusing on four different branches of psychology: food and behavioral marketing, cognitive dissonance, music cognition, and psycholinguistic analyses of romantic relationship conflicts. From coding and preparing data for analysis, to interviewing global residents, to protocol development, we emerged from our internships with newfound confidence and perspective. Students and community members interested in the intersectional dynamics of psychology: our panel is for you.


William Davis

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education

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Katie Gyenge

Mixing Mount Holyoke Moxy with Princeton Psych: My Summer Experience as a Princeton University Research Assistant, Psychology Major
I spent my summer as a Lynk UAF recipient as a research assistant for Dr. Joel Cooper of Princeton University. I worked closely with Dr. Cooper’s graduate student, Lauren Feldman, as we sought to expand his research on cognitive dissonance. I wrote a literature review based on six... Read More →
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Siobhan Norman

HoofBeat: Music Cognition and Beat Synchronization in Horses, Psychology Major
Are horses able to synchronize their trots to music? This summer, I worked as a research assistant in the CAPS (Cognition, Attention, Perception, and Speech) lab at Mount Holyoke College. I mainly worked on a project called HoofBeat, which explores whether horses have the ability... Read More →
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Natalia Provolo

The Food You Choose: Understanding Our Eating Decisions, Psychology Major
How does the color of your plate affect your food consumption? How do your surroundings contribute to your food choices and eating behaviors? Through her summer internship at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, Natalia learned the answers to these questions, as well as how... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 3:45pm - 4:40pm EDT
Clapp 206